EPA seeks proposals to reduce diesel engine emissions

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from older diesel engines.

EPA anticipates awarding about $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to availability of funds. Applicants in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska should request funding from EPA Region 7, located in Lenexa KS. The maximum amount of federal funding that may be requested by an individual applicant in Region 7 states is up to $1.5 million.

“Clean Diesel activities further EPA’s commitment to reduce health and environmental harm from diesel emissions in all communities throughout the country,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “We will continue to target funds to areas facing significant air quality issues.”

Diesel-powered engines move around 90% of the nation’s freight tonnage, and nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines.

EPA is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure, especially from fleets operating at goods movements facilities in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority for funding will be given to projects that engage and benefit local communities and applicants that demonstrate ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.

Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality. Applicants may apply until Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

For more information, contact Greg Crable at 913-551-7391, or email [email protected].

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